Jason L. Dragoo, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the CU Department of Orthopaedics, is a pioneer in the field of Biologics and Regenerative Medicine, as well as minimally invasive Sports Medicine procedures. He is the Endowed Chair of Regenerative Medicine and has developed many procedures designed to augment the healing of a patient’s own body. He strongly favors the use of autologous procedures (the use of the patient’s own tissue or cells for the procedure) versus allograft procedures (using tissue and cells from another human). Dr. Dragoo believes that joint restoration techniques, which add tissue back to a damaged joint, should be used whenever possible (eg. cartilage and meniscal transplantation), rather than procedures that are designed to take tissue away (meniscal resection). He approaches standard procedures such as ACL reconstruction, meniscal and tendon repair with a less-invasive approach than commonly performed. A significant number of Dr. Dragoo’s patients are elite athletes (professional, collegiate, or Olympic) but he welcomes athletic patients of all ages and treats them with the same philosophy and surgical or non-surgical techniques.
Dr. Dragoo is the Head Team Physician for the Denver Nuggets and a Team physician for the Denver Broncos. He is also a consultant physician for the US Ski Team and was previously the Head Team Physician for the Stanford Football Program for 13 years. Dr. Dragoo grew up in the Napa Valley and is an avid wine collector, outdoor enthusiast, youth football coach and a hot air balloon pilot.
Qualifications and experience
- Bones, Joints and Muscles, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Shoulder Injuries and Disorders, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Steadman Clinic Program (2005)
University of Arizona College of Medicine (1998)
UCLA Medical Center Program (2004)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA) (1992)
- Clinical interest for patients
Minimally invasive ligament repair and reconstruction (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) of the knee. Multi-ligamentous reconstruction. Meniscal repair, augmentation and transplantation. Cartilage regeneration using cell therapy, juvenile chondrocyte and osteochondral transplantation. Leg re-alignment surgery (osteotomy). Patellofemoral surgery including patellar instability. Patellar, quadriceps and Achilles tendon repair. Minimally invasive tumor resection of the knee. Modern treatment of female ACL tears.
Shoulder instability repair and reconstruction. Rotator cuff repair and augmentation. Minimally invasive tumor resection. Treatment of biceps tendon disorders and SLAP tears. Cartilage transplantation of the shoulder.
Specialist in Cell therapy (Stem Cell Therapy), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and treatment of tendinopathy, osteoarthritis and inflammation using Biologics. Joint preservation and restoration. General Sports Medicine.